Celebrate and save $ with GRI Early Bird Registration

Save money if you register within the next two weeks for live GRI courses at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette in early December. Early Bird Registration ends on Nov. 5!

The Early Bird Rate for IAR members is:

  • $325 for GRI II (Dec. 1-4);
  • $325 for GRI III (Dec. 1-4); and
  • $204 for the Wayne Edwards GRI Graduate Course (Dec. 3-4).

Non-members pay an additional $50 for each course.

From Nov. 6-21, registration fees go up for IAR members:

  • $340 for GRI II;
  • $340 for GRI III; and
  • $224 for GRI Grad.

Non-members will pay an additional $50.

View a registration form. Get more information about instructors, payment options and continuing education credits.  Since registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis, space may be limited for those who plan to walk in and participate the day the classes begin.

Book a Hotel Room
Since the courses will be conducted over several days, consider making reservations to stay overnight at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Peoria, which is next door to the Pere Marquette. If you make a hotel reservation before 5 p.m. Nov. 6, you’ll pay $109 plus tax for a single/double room.  Rooms at these prices are available on the first-come, first-served basis.  You must call 309-671-5050 to make your reservations.  Ask for the IAR rate.

Be first to earn an SRS through Wayne Edwards GRI Grad course

Sign up now to take the Wayne Edwards GRI Grad course Dec. 3-4 in Peoria and you can save $30 and be one of the first Illinois REALTORS® to earn the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation.

You’ll join an elite group of Illinois REALTORS® who will earn this newly instituted credential because you’ll also get the opportunity to get six hours of CE, elevate your professional standards and enhance your personal performance.

IAR members who sign up by Oct. 31 will get the Early Bird Rate of $204, while non-members will pay $254.  Walk-in rates will be $234 and $284, respectively.

This special course is designed to help REALTORS® who already have their GRI designation.

The first day of class begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette and continues through until 5 p.m.  A celebration of the GRI’s 50th Anniversary will feature a concert by the group Jammsammich from 7 to 10 p.m.

The second day of class will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Pere Marquette, followed by the exam from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

One of your instructors for the Wayne Edwards GRI Grad course will be Bruce Aydt, a creator of the SRS designation and one of the top real estate instructors in the country.  Aydt is a lawyer and REALTOR® who’s been in the business for more than 25 years.

Another instructor is Lynn Madison, owner of Lynn Madison Seminars in Lake Zurich, Ill. She is a former Dean of the Illinois REALTOR® Institute and has been delivering continuing education programs in Illinois since 1992.

The GRI Grad course was named after Wayne Edwards, a longtime IAR staffer who served as director of professional development until he retired earlier this year.

Leasing Agents have three days left for license renewals

July 31 is the deadline for renewing leasing agent licenses in the State of Illinois. Leasing agents need to complete six hours of continuing education (CE), too.

  •  Renewal period for the 2014 renewal is Aug. 1, 2012 through July 31, 2014.
  • Leasing agents are required to complete three core hours and three elective hours of CE.
  • Leasing agents are exempt from CE for the first renewal only.

You can renew your leasing agent license electronically through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). Check the expiration date of your license, get appropriate forms and review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

When to renew via paper form
If you change your name, address or sponsor, you need to use the paper renewal application and mail it to IDFPR prior to the July 31 deadline. Changing a sponsor requires an additional $25 fee and a new 45-day permit sponsor card.

Save $50 by renewing on time
The license fee to renew prior to the deadline is $100, while the cost increases to $150 on Aug. 1 and beyond.

Need CE hours?
Get your CE through the  IAR REALTOR® Store at the low price of $19.95 per course with convenient proctor locations at no additional cost! These three-hour credit courses will help you meet the six-hour requirement and provide timely information geared toward the Leasing agent:

  • Core B Home Study:  COR 1662 – CORE B: Legal Issues – Disclosure Issues for Landlords (Item #618); and
  • Elective Home Study:  PM 613 – Leasing Residential Property (Item #613).

Leasing Agents: Still need more CE hours to renew your license?

Leasing Agents who need more CE hours can take advantage of a three-hour online program, COR 1610 Property Management, featuring IAR’s Legal Hotline Attorney Betsy Urbance and Steve Bochenek, a partner with Sorling Northrup Attorneys. Experience the ease and convenience of our “Anywhere, anytime online proctoring service” when you take this $29.95 online course.

This course defines the broker’s responsibilities as a property manager and provides a clear description of those property management activities which require a license under the Real Estate License Act of 2000. The course takes a detailed look at property management activities covered by the act and provides students with an overview of lease agreements, rental applications, disclosure information and the handling of escrow accounts and security deposits. Students will be introduced to fair housing laws that affect property management on the federal, state and local level as well as the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Click here to see a preview of this interactive course that provides video segments and guides you through a successful learning experience.